Cabinet has given its approval for the compulsory acquisition of parcels of land at 2 and 4 Love Lane in Central Kingston for the development of the Simon Bolivar Cultural District.
Information Minister, Senator Burchell Whiteman, who made the disclosure to journalists at yesterday’s (Jan. 23) post Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, explained that the cultural district was being developed under the Kingston City Centre Improvement Project, which is undertaking the redevelopment of downtown Kingston. According to Senator Whiteman, “the cultural district that is proposed will facilitate the active promotion and growth of Jamaican culture and Jamaican art forms culminating in a strengthened cross-cultural link between the Caribbean and the Latin American countries.”
He told journalists that the Urban Development Corporation was proceeding with negotiations to acquire a number of parcels of land within the area, totalling just under 6,000 square feet or 553 square metres. “This compulsory acquisition is part of that exercise, the other part of it will be by normal business transactions, purchasing from a willing bidder,” Minister Whiteman said. He explained that while the lands being sought did not have any identified owners who were resident in Jamaica, the appropriate processes would be pursued, such as valuations and the promulgation of acquisition orders.
The transactions have been timetabled for completion within the first quarter of 2006, or the last quarter of the 2005/2006 financial year.